Author: Alex Winter (Alex Winter)

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This Working Family Is Figuring Out How To Tackle Education at Home

This Working Family Is Figuring Out How To Tackle Education at Home

Alicia and her husband both work full-time, so they just can’t homeschool. That’s why… wait, what? But how? Turns out that being a dual-income household doesn’t mean you can’t try home-based learning options. In fact, for the Kiovsky family, working and schooling doesn’t feel much different than working and parenting … and it shouldn’t because...

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This Family Figured Out Education on the Fly

This Family Figured Out Education on the Fly

While it appears that chaos lurks in every corner of the world during the COVID-19 crisis, Kyle and Erin Brown and their two daughters, Anne and Brynne, took it all in their stride, cracked a few jokes, and prevented a potential parental total freak-out moment. They calmly developed a solution, worked together as a family,...

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Voted “Least Likely to Homeschool.”

Voted “Least Likely to Homeschool.”

Sarah Raybon wasn’t always a homeschool mom.  Sarah is the first to defend the efforts of her local public schools. They’re struggling to pivot an enormous institution and meet the challenges of virtual learning. As she says, she’s not “knocking” public schools, they just aren’t the right fit for every kid.  As she puts it,...

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One microschool mom’s advice to the world.

One microschool mom’s advice to the world.

Dear Moms and Dads, We are all dealing with this new “normal” when it comes to education—go easy on yourself! Pod learning, microschooling, or homeschooling maybe isn’t everyone’s bag, but the best thing I’ve learned since the pandemic began is that it’s empowering to teach somebody, well . . . something! So I hope this...

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Maintaining Your Mom-Clique During the Pandemic

Maintaining Your Mom-Clique During the Pandemic

We’re exactly two full weeks into the new school year, and already I’ve gotten approximately two dozen emails and countless texts from my “mom friends.” We’re all struggling with the same thing: getting our kids to feel normal in the least normal year ever. But, as the Rosé gives way to Pinot on our weekly...

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Homeschooling for the working mom… it’s possible!

Homeschooling for the working mom… it’s possible!

COVID-19 has taught me an enormous amount about myself, my family, my resiliency, and my community. But, more than anything, it’s taught me that juggling work-life, mom-like, and teacher-life doesn’t mean I had to be a little worse at everything… in fact, today, I’m a little better at everything. Well, almost everything. Here’s how it...

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This Single Dad Is Embracing Being the Teacher

This Single Dad Is Embracing Being the Teacher

As fall of 2020 approached, 10-year-old Henry sat with his dad, Sean, on the front porch. “I’m sure I want to do remote learning.” Sean listened and, admittedly, he was thankful the decision came so easily for Henry. Ultimately, Sean empowered his son to consider for himself the way he would learn, letting him make...

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Reimagining School. How some virtual models have gone from good to great.

Reimagining School. How some virtual models have gone from good to great.

As teachers and administrators continue to scramble with a plan for the fall 2020 semester, it’s looking more and more likely that the virtualized, at-home learning implemented at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic is here for the foreseeable future in many districts. Countless parents across the globe worked valiantly to make this form of...

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Debunking Nontraditional Education Stereotypes

Debunking Nontraditional Education Stereotypes

Despite pervasive stereotypes casting nontraditional/homeschooled kids as odd, awkward, and antisocial, today’s home learners have far fewer difficulties in building healthy friendships than they did in the past. Why? Well, apart from being a supremely antiquated stereotype, it’s also true that the halls of every traditional brick-and-mortar school is full of socially awkward kids. Maybe...

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A working mom tackles at-home learning options.

A working mom tackles at-home learning options.

The number of parents and other folks exploring alternatives to traditional “big box” schooling, either because of COVID-19 or a host of other more established issues (likely both), has skyrocketed in recent months. Some recent polling suggests that we should expect as many as eight million new homeschoolers—and that doesn’t even count private, charter, and...